Sunday, October 22, 2006

happy diwali!

jalebis are by far my favourite indian sweet and i had a big ambition of making jalebis at home for diwali this year. however, because of a long and exhausting work week (including two days in paris), i just resorted to making the trip to southall in search of the famous jalebi junction shop that has been profiled in so many british magazines.

the best way to get to southall from central london is to take a train from paddington. in twenty minutes or less you are in southall which is india central. a gurudhwara (sikh temple) is the first building you see and then as you make your way down the main street to southall broadway, you are amazed by the sheer number of indian grocery stores, dvd shops, saree emporiums and restaurants. it's hard to escape the smell of curry all around. one in about every hundred people is white.

jalebi junction is located on southall broadway. fresh dough is piped into boiling oil and fried. the dough takes on the characteristic orange colour in the deep frying process and then is dunked into another container of sugar syrup. the jalebis are then cooled on a wire rack until they can be transferred to a brown paper bag and handed to you. it was very fascinating to watch jalebis being made and i had great expectations of how delicious they would be. alas, i was sorely disappointed.

the jalebis from jalebi junction were not the real mccoy. they were thick and overly syrupy and totally lacked the thin and crisp yet succulent taste that i have come to adore in the jalebis that you get at kailesh parbhat in bombay. oh well, that's my sad jalebi story from diwali this year.

wishing all of you a very happy diwali and prosperous new year - hope you celebrated with lots of mouth-watering sweets and loud firecrackers!


Blogger Faffer said...

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Diwali! I did try your Biriyani, it turned out well. I took a shortcut and cooked the rice in the gravy as I didn't have much time. But the next time I'll try layering it. Thanks for introducing the Shaan Biriyani Masala.

12:20 pm  
Blogger gs said...

happy deepavali.sorry to read about the jalebis.i am sure you will get better stuff in southhall itself.

1:27 pm  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Happy Dawali. I just read about jalebis on another blog where she concluded that making them yourself is very hard!

3:38 pm  
Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

Happy Diwali!

Great looking Jalebis!

7:31 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi faffer
great to hear the biryani turned out well. i once hosted a biryani party in the bay area years ago and even the non-veggies liked my veggie version because of the tatse of the shan biryani mix.

hi appa,
yeah, amm and i saw several shops but i chose jalebi junction because i had read about it. in hindsight, the longest queues were at a few other shops like chandini chowk and that should have given us the clue!

thanks, kalyn. i think making jalebis will continue to be on my wish list and not sure what the trigger will be for trying it myself one day!

hi foodie's hope,
thanks and happy diwali to you as well!

8:43 pm  
Anonymous kobial said...

have you tried jalebis from the sweetmeats shops on brick lane? they tend to be on the thin/crispy end of the jalebi spectrum.

happy diwali and happy eid too!

12:29 am  
Blogger rakhi said...

oh so true, good jalebi is hard to find...try wembley or there are some good places in harrow (sugar and spice is not bad)

happy diwali!

1:29 am  
Anonymous Sandeep said...

Happy Diwali Lulu

7:34 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi kobial
thanks for the tip! i go to brick lane fairly often for groceries (taj stores) so will check out the jalebis next time.

hi rakhi
wembley and harrow are a bit far for me but will keep in mind in case i have a craving for the perfect jalebi!

thanks, sandeep. same to you as well!

8:13 pm  
Anonymous kobial said...

next time you're in brick lane, try jalebis from ambala; it falls on the left hand side as you go in from osborn street.

1:21 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

kobial - so kind of you to give me a precise recommendation!

8:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I'm late, but I so hope you had a wonderful Diwali, Lulu!

p.s. We had some great,crsip jelabis, too!

11:39 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The jalebi pic is really tempting..pretty yummy looking!

You may also wish to browse my Diwali Gifts to India Blog to read more about Diwali and download free diwali wallpapers

12:02 pm  

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